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Australian rider Harley Brown and his 18.2h mate Cassiato earned the top prize money and valuable World Cup points for a job well done in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark, presented by The Grand Del Mar. Of the twenty-one entries in the World Cup qualifying class – part of the US West Coast World Cup League – this pair was the only match to master Anthony D'Ambrosio's course without fault.
Several other riders were close, including two with just a single time fault and six with a single rail down, but not close enough to cause a jump-off. Ilan Ferder's Combina with Kirsten Coe was fault free over the jumps but stopped the clock in 78.51, scoring one time fault. This would eventually be good enough for the third place. Thirteen entries after that, Uwwalon and Michelle Spadone were gorgeous around the course. But with a time of 78.47 they too scored one time fault, which in the end gave Spadone the runner-up position. Hoping for a jump-off, the crowd was at the edge of their seats when the final entry galloped in. Karl Cook aboard ASB Conquistador was fault free and within the time until the last of the sixteen efforts on the course when he had a heartbreak rail down to finish with four faults. Although the audience's collective groan could be heard throughout the park, they were happy to cheer on Harley Brown, who earned not only the win but also a sweet ride into the awards ceremony in a Ferrari.
Brown planned for the tight time in his ride. "Cassiato is a big and slow type, I've had time faults before. I always go in thinking the time is going to be tight."
Source: Blenheim EquiSports press release
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